Summer’s End (Sunday Post, 8/21/16)

August 21, 2016 Sunday Post 24

The Sunday Post is hosted by the wonderful Kimba, the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news, recap the past week, take a look ahead, and showcase our new treasures—I mean books!

My Week

With schools and colleges either back in session or starting soon, summer vacation is nearly over—even if the temperatures are still high.

We had a wonderful week at my mom & stepdad’s. My sister and brother-in-law live in the same town, so we got together almost everyday to have tea, play cards, talk, and make plans for Christmas break and for after Robin’s graduation.

On Saturday (yesterday) we drove Robin to Arizona for her senior year of college. We’ll be spending today and tomorrow here, helping her get everything in order with the house she and her friends are renting. Then on Tuesday, Mr. Bookwyrm and I will fly home and relieve our faithful house-and-cat-sitter.

Because of all the travel and the fact that I have to start working as soon as I get home, the coming week’s posts are very up in the air. I’ll do my best to get at least a few posts in by the end of the week, and hopefully I’ll be back on track within a week or two. Blogwise, I need a vacation to recover from my vacation!


Last Week on the Blog


Upcoming on the Blog

  • Mon. 8/22/16: TBD
  • Tues. 8/23/16: Ten Books That Have Been on My TBR Shelf Since Before I Started Blogging – very tentative
  • Wed. 8/24/16: TBD
  • Thurs. 8/25/16: TBD
  • Fri. 8/26/16: TBD
  • Sat. 8/27/16: News & Notes tentative
  • Sun. 8/28/16: Sunday Post – tentative


What I’m Reading/Watching

Reading: Between family time and the Olympics, I didn’t read much this week, though I did re-read a few more historical romances.

Listening: We listened to a few podcasts on the long drive from my parents’ house to our daughter’s college: a Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me episode; a RadioLab about figure skater Surya Bonali and another about deathwatch beetles.

Watching: More Olympics, but not a lot; I think I’m Olympicked out.


New Additions to the Hoard

Cover links take you to Goodreads.

For Review or Review Consideration

Nothing this week!


Purchased for Kindle

As usual, these were all on sale. I’ve read all but A New Hope and Beauty and the Blacksmith, but wanted to own them in Kindle. (I’ve read Lucas’s own novelization of A New Hope, back when it was just called Star Wars, but this one got decent reviews that said it enhanced the movie, so I thought it was worth a try.)

Purchased in print

I can no longer manage the teeny-tiny font in my mass-market copy of Hamilton’s mythology, so when I spotted this one in the library’s bookshop, I grabbed it.


Happy reading!

24 Responses to “Summer’s End (Sunday Post, 8/21/16)”

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Possibly. it certainly looks like a dragon, but I don’t recall a dragon being that prominent in Hunter. (I’m not sure there was one at all, but I can’t swear to it. I should probably reread the book before I read Elite.)

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      No, it’s not…as evidenced by the fact that I’m only now replying to your comment! Thank you for stopping by, Trish, and I’ll try to be better about replying in the future.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I’m glad you stopped by! I love my little dragon. I asked the young daughter of a friend of mine to draw him; I think she did a great job!

  1. Rita @ View From My Books

    Lol, I also am “Olympicked” out. It was fun but I think one week viewing would’ve been enough for me. And I’m disgusted by some athletes who reinforce the term “the ugly American” with their personal antics there.

    I hear you about needing a vacation to recover from the vacation. The laundry, the cleaning, the food shopping, the return to routine… it will come, but a stressful few days to ensue.

    I want to read Family Tree by Wiggs very soon. Near the top of my wishlist! And Edith Hamilton’s Mythology! Blast from the past– my brother had this in hardcover on his shelf (he only read nonfiction as a teen) and I used to skim through it at an early age.

    Enjoy your week ahead and try to take it easy 🙂
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I agree completely, Rita: I would have been happy with one week of Olympics, myself. Did you get a chance to read Family Tree yet? I hope you enjoy it when you do. 🙂

  2. Laurel-Rain Snow

    Vacations are great, but we do have to “come down” afterwards…just doing all the unpacking and laundry takes the glow off the time away.

    But I did manage a short little vacation this year, and in spite of the after effects, I did feel invigorated.

    Enjoy your week, and I agree about tiny print in some books. I never buy those mass market paperbacks anymore…although I have a few on my shelves that I read back in the day.

    I didn’t watch the Olympics…so I am free of being “Olympicked out.” LOL

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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Ugh, laundry…don’t remind me! It’s been a month and I don’t think I’m caught up yet! I mean, the vacation laundry is all done; now I’m just behind on the regular laundry! LOL

      I’m glad you got a vacation this year, Laurel-Rain. It’s so important to take some time off and just get away.

      I’ve been pruning my mass-market paperbacks, but there are so many I just can’t bear to give away yet. But I don’t think I’ve bought a new one in the last two years. This year, I didn’t even buy many at the library book sale — and I checked the print before I bought them, to make sure I could read it.

  3. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    Your vacation sounds wonderful but I can relate about needing a vacation from the vacation. I swear work doubles if I even take a weekend off! Good luck with getting Robin settled. We got Emma settled last weekend and it took a lot of energy. She’s in this tiny little studio apartment so I thought it wouldn’t be a big deal but I needed a nap after! Partly it could have been from the hordes of 18 to 22 year olds wandering about! Have a great week!
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Moving is always exhausting, even when it isn’t your own stuff, and even when it’s a tiny little apartment. I’m glad we both got our girls settled in, and I hope they both have a terrific year!

  4. Tiffany @ I Was Angelized_1st

    I’ve only been watching the Olympic highlights, but it’s glad you were enjoying the games. After today you won’t have to deal with them for another few years. I can’t wait to read our review of Hunter. I didn’t particularly care for it, so it will be great to read your take on it. Maybe it deserves another look. Enjoy all of your new books. They look pretty interesting.
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      It took me a while to get into Hunter; I can understand why you didn’t like it. It’s certainly not my favorite of her series, but I found it interesting enough to want to continue.

  5. Jan @ Notes from a Readerholic

    It sounds like you’ve had a wonderful time with your family, Lark. And it’s great you get to help Robin move in and get all ready for her senior year. What does she hope to do when she’s done with college?

    I hope you have a good trip home and aren’t too busy when you get back. Hope you get some reading done, too.
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I did indeed. Robin’s dream is to be a published author, so she’s trying to figure out the best way to support herself while she gets there. (She’s good, and that’s not just mommy talking.) Her current thinking is to tutor in writing and English generally, and do some paid freelance writing on the side.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Yep! I think I’ve finally recovered from my vacation and the deluge of work that slammed me shortly afterward. And I’m finally getting around to answering month-old comments! My apologies for the delay. *hangs head in embarrassment*

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      That’s a good point. I know I need recharging time after a concert or party or reading a rehearsal— or teaching back when I was still teaching. I tend to forget how much extroverting I do during vacation, especially since my family are almost all introverts. I do get introvert time when I’m at my mom’s; it’s not uncommon to have two or three or even four of us in a room, each reading or doing something on their laptop. My mom laughingly calls it “introverting together.”

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I ditched my old mass-market paperback copy of Mythology as soon as I got this pretty trade paperback copy home. My poor eyes can’t handle teeny tiny print anymore. The Star Wars: A New Hope book looked decent. I’m hoping it will be better than Lucas’s original novelization.

  6. Melissa (My words and pages)

    Sounds like you had a great time with family. And ugh! I can’t believe summer is almost over already. Crazy! Kiddo will be starting back to school on Monday for his senior year. Wow. Where does the time go?!? Hope your daughter is doing well and enjoying college. 🙂

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      They grow up so fast, don’t they? Sounds like you’ll be an empty-nester in a year or two, also—or does Kiddo have younger siblings? I miss having Robin home, but I’m so glad she found a school that works well with her learning style and visual challenges. It’s been great for her, despite the usual stresses of coursework and schedules and such. And she’s made some terrific friends there, too.